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HHS settles HIPAA case for $1.5 million

  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 16 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced a settlement of $1.5 million with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) stemming from BCBST’s potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules

The ever-lengthening parade of PHI security breaches - the new paper chase of four Massachusetts community hospitals

  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 15 2010

This blog has been reporting on the effects on providers, insurers and others of the HIPAAHITECH statutes and regulations that require public disclosure of breaches of unsecured Protected Health Information ("PHI"

Health plans jump into the mobile health (mHealth) market - how much will providers have to pay?

  • Duane Morris LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 18 2012

Health care payors (plans, insurers) are emerging quickly as one of the dominant players in the mobile health (mHealth) marketplace

OCR issues proposed modifications to HIPAA privacy and security rules to implement HITECH Act

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 27 2010

On July 14, 2010, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) containing modifications to the privacy standards (Privacy Rule), security standards (Security Rule) and enforcement regulations (Enforcement Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA

Meaningful use update

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 7 2011

As the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (IT) at HHS works to implement meaningful use requirements in the adoption of electronic health records (EHR), industry stakeholders have begun to weigh in on the need to delay the onset of Stage 2 in this process

GINA Regulations released prohibiting discrimination in health plans based on genetic information and revising privacy rules

  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 6 2009

On Friday, October 2, 2009, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) released an advanced copy of the interim final regulations under Title I of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) implementing the rules in GINA that prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers from discriminating based on genetic information

FTC releases FAQs guide to medical identity theft

  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 14 2011

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a frequently asked questions guide to medical identity theft for health care providers and insurers

Indiana AG sues insurer over data insecurity

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 13 2010

Only eight months after drawing the ire of California and federal officials over a proposed 39 rate-hike, health insurer WellPoint now finds itself the target of a lawsuit by the Indiana Attorney General

HHS “early innovator” grants announced

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 8 2010

In late-October, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced state grants to design and implement information technology in order to operate health insurance exchanges

OCR proposes expansion of HIPAA and HITECH rights: industry to be saddled with large costs; 20 minutes to read and implement 24 pages of regulations?

  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 31 2011

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services today proposed an expansion of the rights of individuals to obtain reports from health providers and insurers about how their protected health information (PHI) is used